WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) opposed the movement to approve the National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420) by unanimous consent in the United States Senate. The legislation, if passed, would create the long-overdue museum to collect and commemorate American Latino history on the National Mall.
The USHCC in solidarity with the Friends of the American Latino Museum is incredibly disappointed with Sen. Lee’s insultingly dismissive, condescending, and misguided decision to block this bill to establish a National Museum of the American Latino to record, preserve, and celebrate over 500 years of American Latino history and contributions to America rich tapestry.
The USHCC promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses that aggregately contribute over $800 billion to the American economy every year. The USHCC also serves as a platform for our nationwide network of more than 260 local Hispanic chambers of commerce.
Earlier this year, the USHCC in partnership with our local chambers across America conducted necessary advocacy to ensure this bill passed the United States House of Representatives by unanimous consent with more than 290 bipartisan cosponsors. Furthermore, we engaged with members of the United States Senate to garner support from 46 bipartisan cosponsors, an effort led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on the Republican side and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NY) on the democratic side of the political aisles.
“Latinos across the nation have waited far too long to be represented on the National Mall, and it is unfair and inequitable to make them wait even longer, said Ramiro A. Cavazos, President and CEO, of the USHCC. Latinos, throughout history, have endured, fortified, and overcome countless obstacles which are all part of who we are as a country.”
United with our partners we will continue to fight for this museum to ensure our stories, a critical component of the American story, are told for generations within the halls of our nation’s top institutions. Latinos have made our country what it is today and Senator Lee’s opposition to our bipartisan bill to establish a place of reflection for our history, culture, and contributions of Latinos nationwide is incredibly disheartening, but we stand ready to continue our efforts for this important missing piece in the fabric of our nation.
The Latino demographic accounts for approximately 20% of all Americans, 61 million people and growing each day. This is a unique opportunity to create a systemic paradigm shift of inclusion and equality to include the contributions Latinos have made in American history.
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About the USHCC
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $800 billion to the American economy every year. It advocates on behalf of its network of more than 250 local chambers and business associations nationwide, and also partners with more than 260 major American corporations. For more information, please visit ushcc.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.
La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de los Estados Unidos (USHCC) promueve el crecimiento económico, el desarrollo y los intereses de más de 4.7 millones de negocios Hispanos que anualmente contribuyen más de $800 billones a la economía de los Estados Unidos. USHCC también aboga por los derechos de más de 260 cámaras de comercio y empresas asociadas en los Estados Unidos, colaborando al mismo tiempo con más de 260 importantes corporaciones Americanas. Para más información, visite ushcc.com.